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Bodhisattvayāna

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Bodhisattvayāna; (Sanskrit). The Vehicle of the Bodhisattvas.

Bodhisattvayana (Skt)

The Bodhisattva’s Vehicle, another name for Paramitayana or Sutrayana; the non-tantric Mahayana path.


An alternative designation for the Mahāyāna or ‘Great Vehicle’, it is the way, means, or method by which Bodhisattvas pursue their religious career. It distinguishes itself from the two methods employed by the Hīnayāna or ‘Small Vehicle’, namely the ‘Vehicle of the Hearers’ (Śrāvakayāna), and the goal of personal Enlightenment (Bodhi) in seclusion of the Pratyekabuddha (Pratyekabuddha-yāna).

Both of these earlier ‘vehicles’ are Thought to be deficient by Virtue of their lesser concern for others.

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dictionary.buddhistdoor.com